Because I’ve got a video camera with her name on it.

The question, raised by Nate Silver and others: Is Firedoglake trying to scare vulnerable Democrats into retirement in order to kill health care reform? All indications point to ?yes.? I?m hearing that FDL will conduct more polls in vulnerable Democratic districts, based largely on this chart of the ?top 20 Democrats who could lose their seat over health care vote[s]. Snyder was at the top of that list, posted by FDL?s Jane Hamsher on Jan. 6. (One irony: Snyder is a fairly progressive member of Congress, and not a member of the Blue Dogs.)

Tension between FDL and some other progressive sites has increased since the Senate?s health care compromise took shape?Hamsher has campaigned aggressively to ?kill the bill.? A month ago she predicted that ?left/right populist outrage? would do so, and she hasn?t slowed down since.

The three Ohio Democrats on Hamsher’s hit list are Steve Driehaus, who Hamsher’s already gone after, Zack Space, and Mary Jo Kilroy. ?A lot of Democrats in Ohio have gone to the mat for these seats, for decades. ?Ever since I’ve been in Ohio politics, all of those seats have been targeted, and I’ve done more than my share over those years to help make them go Democrat.

As I’ve written previously, Hamsher and her staff, Bob Brigham, spent all last year getting Ohio bloggers to lobby these same Ohio Congressional Democrats to vote FOR a health care bill. ?I was one of the people who helped them out. ?I will never make that mistake again. ?This woman is a cancer, her tactics are repulsive, and if I ever meet her face to face, she will own that.

Jane Hamsher is no better than teabaggers. ?She’ll be a perfect fit for my Youtube channel.

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  • doubleaseven

    The ugly adjectives you have applied to Jane more aptly describe you. Yes, some body has to call the bluff. The DINO Blue Dogs wanted to castrate the bill to suit their corporate masters. In the senate a a few of these Corporate Tools held the majority hostage. Thus that anti-people pro-corporate compromise needed to be rejected by all good thinking Progressives.

    Blue Dog modifications to HCR bill are a big sham, e.g., the clause where the Bill promises that PO will NOT use medicare schedules. Clearly a sell out to Insurance Cartel. If the Dems in Congress go back to their constituents with Bills badly compromised thanks to Bachus/Conrad in Senate and the House Blue Dogs, they will fumble when questions highlighting these differences come up. Mere slogans will only serve to discredit the Party.

    Looks like you are a Blue Pup. It is you DINO's who need to just leave the Democratic Party and form your own Blue Tea-bagger Party. I do not think the country needs this breed of Blue Dogs and Bitches. We could instead use the Yellow variety.

    I wish I could point out the stupid logic of these DINO Blue Dogs to you earlier.
    In any case here is the note I had posted a while back, which is even more relevant now.

    Red Dogs v/s Blue Mutts
    The biggest problem for the Democratic Party is the spinelessness of some Dems in boldly standing behind the Party agenda. Some of them think they will only win next reelection by being Dems in Republican clothing. I wish Reid and Pelosi would whip these recalcitrant Blue Dog DINOs into shape. First kind among them are those bought and paid for by the Health Lobbies. Second are those who are political opportunists. They ran on a Democratic ticket to ride Obama?s coattails without honestly subscribing to his agenda. I wonder what is the belief set of these Blue or Blusish Dogs. To me it appears that TOP 3 items on their agenda are reelection, reelection and reelection. This they believe is best done by outGOPing their GOP brethren. Little do they realize that so called conservative voters would choose a pedigreed Red Dog over a Blue Mutt. Republicans do stand in one line no matter where it goes. If Dems fail to unite on critical issues such as HCR they should forget about 2010 or 2012.

    One Reply:
    I agree with you. I am convinced of the corruption in this Democratic congress and think that not only does there need to be some serious, serious lobbying reform, something that would actually be more important than Healthcare Reform, there needs to be some investigation for accepting bribery.

    Down with the Blue Dog Democrats! Purge congress of traitors and corrupt officials!

  • modernesquire

    Dear moron (which I must use that term because you're defending Jane's defeat of actual PROGRESSIVES who supported a public option),

    Steve Driehaus supported the stronger House Bill. He supported the public option. He supported cap and trade.

    Quit cutting and pasting tripe from an unrelated debate and spitting it up here.

    Do you want to support a Democrat who supported the public option, then support Steve Driehaus. Because what you Jane Hamsher boot lickers apparently don't seem to understand that the lesson from '10 if Democrats like Drieshaus is gone is not that we weren't progressive enough.

    The poll as Nate Silver noted, doesn't make that case. It actually makes the case that Drieahus is in trouble more for supporting ANY HCR bill, not necessarily the one you have your boxers in a bunch over.

  • Spot on Tim. If FDL thinks they are going to pull out some ultra-progressive candidate in OH-01, they are sadly mistaken. I know the area very well, and there's a good chance I will be in that district next year. Right now I'm in OH-08, but 3 houses down from me is Driehaus.

    As far as your experience with Jane, it's always a rude awakening. I spent 2 years as her developer (from the time she left Blogger until 2008) and learned that lesson the hard way. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

  • thanks for the external validation. Hamsher fucked with the wrong state bloggers. her staffer, Brigham, should have known better.

  • Tim, there's a lot of legitimate anger towards corporate Democrats and towards Blue Dogs. Helping Republicans, though, is (AT BEST) naive. Today Digby had a great suggestion for using that anger towards helping elect BETTER Democrats ( Mary Jo Kilroy is a great example and there needs to be more Democrats like her, not more Republicans like Steve Stivers). Digby's post:

    And we have a new Blue America page up that we hope people will use as a jumping off point towards helping elect better Democrats and not teabaggers:

  • front paged your comment, thanks.

  • Adrienne

    I don't understand why FDL doesn't understand the first “rule” of politics.

    All politics is local. Don't anger the local politicos on your side.

    Ohio is a swing state, loudly and proudly. It helped alot that we went for Obama, but we could have gone for McCain. Maybe they don't get that and they need to look at the (red/blue) district map of the US after the election….there was alot of red still in Ohio.

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